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Is it worth the cost to save the watch.
avatar March 13, 2018 10:14AM
It's obvious with a high end piece. You have it serviced because the cost of service is a fraction of the value of the watch. There are some collectors out their buying vintage Seikos, and a very limited few watch makers who specialize in servicing them.

I think that parts will be available for a long time. Not necessarily new parts. It's just the cost. Old movements can be serviced. Even out of stock movements can be replaced. You can buy a new or new old stock Seiko like a SNK809 for $60 and have a watchmaker swap out the new 7s26 movement into the old Seiko.

I haven't yet, but some collectors buy two of the same vintage watch so they have a "parts watch" for the future.

If I had my father's first mechanical watch that he purchased new in the early 1950's, then I would spend whatever it took to save that watch. That watch is long gone. The same goes for the Quartz Bulova watch my wife gave to me as an engagement gift and the gold Movado my parents gave me when I graduated high school in 1987. I have already spent move than the value of these two watches having them repaired and serviced over the years. And I will continue to do so. Those watches are important to me.

Subject Author Views Posted
Quartz vs. Mechanical in the long run Jpeg Attachments Smaug 84 March 13, 2018 07:55AM
My preference is mechanical just because I hate changing batteries, but... Mike D 45 March 13, 2018 03:34PM
Re: I tend to shy away from Eco-Drives and Solar watches as they require being in light... James T. Kirk© 38 March 13, 2018 04:34PM
Top of my watch box is glass and it sits by a window. BF Hammer 44 March 13, 2018 04:47PM
It's worthy of discussion Hemel 47 March 13, 2018 01:21PM
I'd love the best of both worlds" A high beat (like a Bulova Precisonist) and eco drive/solar... James T. Kirk© 44 March 13, 2018 02:42PM
Not that I know of Hemel 41 March 13, 2018 06:00PM
That may be a dream for a while. BF Hammer 42 March 13, 2018 03:15PM
Re: They blow through a large coin-size 2016 cell every 2 years. James T. Kirk© 37 March 13, 2018 03:19PM
Honestly, I consider almost all my watches disposable. They will most likely last the rest of my life Zeb 47 March 13, 2018 12:40PM
To make anything last it has to be taken care of .......... Robmks 44 March 13, 2018 12:40PM
Is it worth the cost to save the watch. Jpeg Attachments JohnSNY 57 March 13, 2018 10:14AM
I wasn't really talking about heirlooms though Smaug 44 March 13, 2018 10:24AM
Well, the calculations apply to all watches though >> Dre 45 March 13, 2018 11:36AM
Agreed. (n/t) Smaug 36 March 13, 2018 07:36PM
Two different kinds of watch. KentBetts 53 March 13, 2018 11:10AM
Thumbs Up good advice (n/t) Smaug 34 March 13, 2018 07:36PM

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